When I was a kid growing up in the 80's, I was never short of some great toys to play with: Thundercats, Transformers, Silverhawks, and of course, G.I. Joe. If you were anything like me and my buddies, then you had some epic battles in the sandbox involving plenty of Joe figures, pine cone bombs and firecracker explosions. In fact, we had so many injuries in our Joe battles, it led to some unusual but necessary action figure body transplants. Surely, I couldn't have been the only kid in America to own a Joe with the head of Shipwreck, body of Lady J, Snake Eye's arms and Barbeque's legs?
Apparently, someone at Paramount also enjoyed G.I. Joe battles growing up because they've filmed a two-part toy battle called G.I. Joe: Invasion of Cobra Island. It's a decent, inventive, if not amusing attempt at reproducing the sandbox battles we had as kids, but using every cool Joe toy Hasbro offered and some neat props to go along with.
I'm hoping the humor in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is similar to the humor in these videos. If it is, then I have faith that I will enjoy the movie. Watch both videos below and enjoy.
Now let take a moment to introduce an idea to Paramount and Hasbro: In my sandbox battles, I would have G.I. Joe and Cobra join forces to fight something more dangerous - The Mighty Transformers! That's right: Paramount, if you are listening, how about combing BOTH Hasbro toy lines into a kick ass G.I. Joe vs. Transformers movie? You own both properties. Just green light it, get a writer and a director (not Michael Bay) and fans will line up at the door waiting to watch.
You have an opportunity here Hasbro and Paramount, please don't waste it.
In the meantime, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opens in theaters today August 7th, 2009.